US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews | Glassdoor

US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
73 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Charles Piercy
15 Ratings

73 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • There is never any reason to stay late, nothing done at the Archives is time sensitive, so good work life balance I guess (in 6 reviews)

  • Really good pay for the type of work you do (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • This organization has a large % of its workforce in warehouse-type jobs within little room for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • The upper management of this agency leaves a lot to be desired (in 7 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Archive Technician"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy job good pay overtime

    Cons

    Long standing no good bosses

    Advice to Management

    Give more incentive to your team


  2. "Archives Aid"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration part-time

    Pros

    Quite atmosphere. Easy, independent work.

    Cons

    Very little advancement. Being at the bottom of the totem pole, they treat the aids badly. You have no control over your schedule (supervisor can change it on a whim).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. There's a reason the turnover rate is so high for this position.

  3. "Archives Tech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time

    Pros

    Paid Leave, Flex schedule, Helping vets and families

    Cons

    Stressful work, under paid, toxic attitudes

    Advice to Management

    Raise the grades and include workers in decisions.


  4. "Dead end job if you are entry level"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice employees in the every day work environment, benefits, flex-schedule, company gatherings.

    Cons

    always watch your back & cya, stuck in the "we have always..." ways of doing things and will not try new methods, they lie to your face about how great the promotion opportunities are but won't tell you that you won't get there any time soon due to the Staffing Plan...(wait your turn in line), they don't do what they say they are going to do, they terminate injured production workers if they are unable to continue production and will deny your reasonable accommodation/ relocation requests after months of waiting.

    Advice to Management

    BE HONEST!!!!! Start telling employees the truth from the beginning and stop wasting new employees time/effort so that you can look good in D.C. Stop wasting money on classes to try to convince employees that they are going to get promoted quickly within NARA because it DOES NOT HAPPEN. A brand new GS-4 isn't making GS-5 for a minimum of 3-5 years unless they have a buddy up top of where they work or are a favorite.


  5. "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time

    Pros

    Good, stable, and Monday-Friday. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No room for growth


  6. Helpful (4)

    "This place is a joke"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -There is never any reason to stay late, nothing done at the Archives is time sensitive, so good work life balance I guess?

    -Just being a competent employee will allow you to basically skate by as long as you want

    -Something I do appreciate is that the Archives is a very introvert friendly place, which can be hard to find

    Cons

    Where to start?

    NARA has consistently been rated very low in the annual Employee Viewpoint Survey, which is basically an anonymous survey for employees to express how well they think their agency is doing. Upper Management (the AOTUS and his yesmen and women) have specifically been called out as having no confidence in and general dissatisfaction. How did they respond? They spent a ridiculous amount of money to create a poor man's version of facebook so that employees can "collaborate", but you can imagine how employees actually use it. Next they decided to create an "Office of Innovation" which no one asked for and no one really knows what their purpose is, but somehow they have gotten more of money and power than established actually useful offices. What a great use of budget when all federal agencies have been under some form of sequestration or a hiring freeze!

    Speaking of hiring: Unless you're on a ladder they will not promote you. They make it seem like you are literally asking them to personally go to the moon and bring back a moonrock for you. Naturally this rule doesn't apply to upper management though. In the time I've been here I've seen so many promotions and new hires it's disgusting and insulting. All while they trot out some BS window dressing facade of an act. Michah Cheatham loves to smugly talk about how tightly he holds the purse strings at every All Hands meeting.

    None of the managers will go to bat for their employees, who usually fall backwards into becoming supervisors without any desire, experience or interest in being one except for the salary.

    Advice to Management

    Try to actually look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself: What have you actually done for any of the hard working employees of this agency except ignore sincere concerns and frustrations and instead given us meaningless platitudes and useless wastes of limited resources like the ICN and office of innovation. As we like to say, they love to put the No in Innovation!


  7. "Good workplace"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time

    Pros

    I had a Good salary

    Cons

    Job may be boring for you.

  8. "review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SQL Server Database Administrator in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - SQL Server Database Administrator in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good environment
    nice people
    holidays
    good management
    good work/life balance

    Cons

    sometimes need to work many hours


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very small chance to earn a promotion unless you have a Master's degree"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Freedom to take on major projects and tasks
    -Interact with customers and learn valuable professional skills

    Cons

    -Upper management is a mess and often hire externally rather than internally

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the organization and reward employees.


  10. "National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO - Looks and feels like a prison"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned many things about the military, as well as how disorganized the government has been with military records since World War I. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Prison-like building in St. Louis as there is no cafeteria and nowhere to go eat within the 30 minute lunch time. The outdoor break area is spoiled because it is next to the smoking area. Every indoor break room has a TV on, whether you like it or not. Temperature in the building is very hot, as evidenced by the many people who have fans at their desks. As for the work - it is production oriented. You are always under pressure to meet daily completed assignment numbers. The pay is horrible for the work performed. I made the same hourly rate in a very depressed area of New Mexico, under much less stress.

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee is a productive employee. Many people are not happy at NARA in St. Louis due to the pressure of production and nowhere to go for a real break during the day.


Showing 73 of 87 reviews
Reset Filters